A source area of environmental weeds, including Sicklepod (Senna obtusifolia), has been controlled over the past few years and needed a follow-up spray to continue treatment. The weeds are a source area for downstream contamination. Eddie Madsen has managed the area over several years and has conducted the works needed with support from Jabalbina. Weed Control is essential to stop further infection along the Bloomfield river, because access in to the Bloomfield river is near impossible and also to prevent reinfestation in the Wujal Wujal Dogit Land along the food plans of the Bloomfield River.
Dawnvale Station is an Indigenous owned property in the Bloomfield area, above Wujal Wujal on the Bloomfield River watershed. Dawnvale has little management, and has the potential to spread Sicklepod over a larger area if not treated continually year after year.
This project has sprayed weeds, particularly Sicklepod, and has recorded the sprayed patches for monitoring and to guide future weed control. Several other weeds were sprayed during this project.
This project is the second phase of a project that commenced in June 2013 to control environmental weeds, including Sicklepod (Senna obtusifolia) and lantana (Lantana camera), and follow-up spray to continue treatment.
Some hours were spent on slashing around the homestead also.
This project also contributed to cattle management on Dawnvale by contributing to a water pump to
provide water to the yards at the homestead so that water is available for further weed control in the drier
Months when creeks are drying up, also watering point for cattle.
This small grant continues to support ongooing herbicide control of Sicklepod on Dawnvale Station, as per the Dawnvale Property Plan. Control works are in accessible areas, including the Homestead Paddocks, Chapman Paddock, Watermelon Yards and the north western infestation.